[long-guh, lawng-]

noun Music.

the second longest note in medieval mensural notation.

Also long.

Origin of longa

1640–50; < Latin, feminine of longus long1

ars longa, vita brevis

[ahrs lohng-gah wee-tah bre-wis; English ahrz lawng-guh vahy-tuh bree-vis, brev-is, vee-tuh, ahrs]


art is long, life is short.
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Examples from the Web for longa

Historical Examples of longa

  • I find him longa place where all four fellow been camp in little gully.

    Tom Gerrard

    Louis Becke

  • Two of my compatriots, Longa and Mina, are captains-general, after all.


    Prosper Merimee

  • After a short interval of silence, the Fakeer's cry, "Ulla dily to longa!"


    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • "Pons longa, vita brevis," observed Hamil, intensely amused.

    The Firing Line

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Turmeric, the root of a plant called Curcuma longa, a native of the East Indies, used as a yellow dye.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher